Colin

 Name
Colin

 Position
Chairman / Non-Executive Director / Board Advisor

 Location
Midlothian

Big Business Experience

HiFi Experience PLC

Small Business Experience

HFC Select,

Sunlabs Corporation

Summary

Colin is different; his unique selling proposition is a combination of grey hair combined with interesting toolkit of practiced ideas based on research.

First headhunted at 18 years old  to join the management team of a retail store in Edinburgh Princes St, he was then asked to become and a manger of a specialist retail business. At age 21 he was promoted to MD and turned the business and ended up I a management buy-out.  He has operated at Board level within business in retail, recruitment, property, distribution and b2b arenas.  He has consulted in advising Boards in: professional services, travel, photographic, online, local enterprise units and in the motor and manufacturing sectors.

He is an experienced coach and mentor and focused on establishing sales leadership within organisations.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) a professional doctorate- thesis subject focussed on Leadership
  • MSc in Quality and Business Excellence- Dissertation focussed on motivation
  • Fellow of Higher Education Authority (FHEA)
  • Certificate in Transactional Analysis-

Key Areas of Expertise

  • SME Board development
  • Strategic visioning – creating a forward plan
  • Practitioner of Appreciative Enquiry – bringing people together.
  • Kaisen- Continuous improvement principles.
  • Transactional Analysis- Effective communication for management.
  • Leadership development- leading change, talent management, sustainable, transformational and authentic leadership.
  • Ethical Sales- developing sales leaders, pitching for funds, creating sales processes
  • Listening- supporting effective active empathic listening.
  • Motivation- MSc dissertation involved ‘improving motivation with a call centre environment’.
  • Translating – i.e. socially constructing a group vision.

Experience

Board Member of PLC for 18 years (retail).

Founding Board Member of B2B business for 10 years (sold to PLC)

Business Consultant- 10 years- Board development, sales strategy and visioning- motor, travel, professional, recruitment sectors.

University Business lecturer- part-time – (8 years)

Assessor of Sales – motor industry (4 years)

Board member of retailer (30 years +)